SAN NICOLA ARCELLA - CALABRIA - SOUTH ITALY
San Nicola Arcella offers a lookout point dropping sheer to the sea, at an altitude of
110 metres, on the foothills of "Mount Sirino". From here
you can enjoy an enchanting view of the coast: broad beaches set among
ancient towers, little bays and rocks degrading towards the sea and, of
course, the clear-blue Tyrrhenian Sea.
San Nicola Arcella enjoys a superb natural rocky arc called "Arcomagno", that can
be reached either trekking down the mountain to the beach or using a pedaḷ
from sea. The arc represents the entrance to a small
beach surrounded by rocks where a natural water spring grows.
Only few minutes away sits the "Isle of Dino" in Praia a Mare. The island has 4km of coastline and steep
slopes that end in wonderful, natural and most enchanting grottos such as
the "Grotto of the Lion" and the "Azure Grotto".
San Nicola Arcella perches on a rock and relies on the protection
of San Nicola da Tolentino, which has been worshipped since the last
century in the 17th century church.
The survivors of Lavinium, a little Roman village near Scalea, sheltered
here. During the period of Muslim raids, refugees came here also from
Scalea and they began to build a safer village. In the 18th century,
prince Petro Lanza Branciforte had the castle built in the suburb
of Dino, as a symbol of its feudal rule, strengthened by his marriage
to Eleonora Spinelli di Scalea.